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  • April 17, 2024
    10 years ago (2014) •The demand for gently used clothing in Luverne is big — so big that Sassy Seconds owners and sisters Sue (Christensen) Hoffman and Amy (Christensen) Cowell have expanded their gently used clothing store into the building next door. The sisters looked a little dazed after their relocation open house last weekend and admitted they are tired. “I think we are both exhausted,”…
  • April 10, 2024
    10 years ago (2014) •Old Glory will have a prominent place in the middle of Luverne after a flag park is completed this summer at the intersection of Highway 75 and Main Street. The design committee of LIFT (Luverne Initiatives For Tomorrow) has been working with city officials to rework the corner, which currently has a “Prairie Playground” theme with grasses and wildflowers. The plan calls…
  • April 03, 2024
    10 years ago (2014) •Racing platforms have been part of the indoor Luverne swimming pool for decades, but they are finally being used by local competitive swimmers. Local swimming instructors Karla and Shelby Van Santen are coaching a Snowfox Swim Team, a year-round competitive swimming program with chapters across the United States. With 12 swimmers currently on the team, the coaches say the…
  • March 27, 2024
    10 years ago (2014) •The Luverne City Council meeting convened in the Luverne Fire Hall Tuesday, March 18, for a show-and-tell of sorts for the department’s new fire truck. The new truck was delivered earlier this month, and Fire Chief Dave Van Batavia took council members on a tour of the fire hall, focusing primarily on the new $442,000 pumper. He said the cab is large enough to transport…
  • March 20, 2024
    10 years ago (2014) •More than 30 local teenagers gave up food for 30 hours last week to learn about hunger and to raise money for world hunger relief. Living Rock Church youth director Kourtney Leuthold coordinated the weekend, which involved an overnight camp-out at church, volunteering and going hungry for a day. “The goal is to raise $5,000,” she said. “Last year we raised $2,000, but my…
  • March 13, 2024
    10 years ago (2014) •On March 3 Palace Video and Tanning posted an announcement on its Facebook page. “After over 30 years in the entertainment business we have decided to retire,” owners Larry and Carlene Boll wrote. “We would like to thank you for your patronage to Palace Video and Tanning over the years.” … The Bolls have been entertaining area residents for more than 30 years, dating back…
  • March 06, 2024
    10 years ago (2014) •The Luverne boys’ hockey team won the first Section 3A Tournament in school history when the Cardinals defeated New Ulm 6-1 in Mankato Thursday. The win sent the 27-0-1 Cardinals to the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament Wednesday in the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Luverne squared off against second-ranked Hermantown at 11 a.m. in the tournament quarterfinals…
  • February 28, 2024
    10 years ago (2014) •Steve Cattnach, Farmers Union agent of Luverne, was recently named Agent of the Year by Farmers Union Insurance Agency at a statewide meeting in St. Cloud on Thursday, Feb. 13. Cattnach was selected for this honor from 37 agents throughout Minnesota who represent Farmers Union Insurance Agency. This recognition is the result of outstanding agency performance and the…
  • February 21, 2024
    10 years ago (2014) •Nine-year-old Ashlyn Johnson donated a long lock of her thick, blonde hair to Locks of Love this week. According to her parents, Jim and Heather Johnson, this is Ashlyn’s third donation to the organization, which provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss. … Ashlyn’s first donation was in January 2010 when she…
  • February 14, 2024
    10 years ago (2014) •City leaders have a vision for a historic Main Street and are committed to making that vision a reality, despite the new a formal historic district in Luverne cannot be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. According to the State Historic Preservation Office, the proposed historic district was punctured by very large gaps between the blocks of historic…
  • February 07, 2024
    10 years ago (2014) •“Take 16” is the official name of Luverne’s craft brewery opening soon on East Main Street. The business name was unveiled just as truckloads of brewing equipment were delivered to the former Connell Car Care and Sturdevant’s buildings Tuesday and Wednesday. According to Luverne Brew Partners president Kirk Bloemendaal, Take 16 is named partly for Old Highway 16, now known…
  • January 31, 2024
    10 years ago (2014) •The propane shortage that threatened grain drying last fall is now affecting heating bills for area residents and livestock producers. As January temperatures continue to fall below zero, propane costs continue to rise — more than doubling over the last two months. “Right now supply and price are both big issues in our trade area, but for our business, price is a. larger…
  • January 24, 2024
    10 years ago (2014) •A nasty baby pig disease called porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PED) is sweeping swine herds across the nation including Rock County. Rock Veterinary Clinic veterinarian Jason Johnson said the virus has a 100-percent death rate in baby pigs less than 10 days of age. Herds affected by it may lose four to five weeks of production. In older pigs, the virus acts more like a…
  • January 17, 2024
    10 years ago (2014) •David Van Batavia said one of the most fulfilling aspects of being a firefighter is the rush of jumping onto the trucks when responding to a call. But jumping onto the trucks is the one thing he will not be doing in his new role as Luverne’s fire chief. After former chief Dan Nath retired from firefighting Jan. 1, Van Batavia was elected to the new position. Van Batavia…
  • January 10, 2024
    10 years ago (2014) •Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton announced Friday morning that all public schools in the state would be closed Monday, due to dangerously cold weather in the forecast. The National Weather Service predicted that most of the state would experience the coldest temperatures in a decade Monday, with lows of minus 30 degrees and wind chills, predicted to reach as low as 50 degrees…
  • January 03, 2024
    10 years ago (2014) •The Rock County Board of Commissioners approved a five-year $450,000 contract for recycling services with Ketterling Services Inc. of Luverne at the Jan. 9 regular board meeting. County Administrator Kyle Oldre told commissioners they would notice the amount is considerably more than what the county has paid for recycling services in the past. The new contract will cost $…
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